An updated free trade deal between Australia and Singapore cleared Australian parliament on Thursday 19 October.

Australian universities, lawyers and financial firms will be among the biggest winners from an updated free trade agreement with Singapore.

Under the changes, Australian lawyers and financial service providers will enjoy improved access to the Singapore market.

Singapore will also recognise extra law, medicine and allied health qualifications from Australian universities.

There will be new opportunities for Australian businesses to bid for high-value government procurement contracts in Singapore, including road transport, construction and engineering.

There will also be changes to visa lengths of stay for Australian expats in Singapore.

The updated deal is expected to go into force on December 1.

For more information read the media release from The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.